Ribs and Wraps

Sometimes I have an idea for a design and it just takes on a life of its own! This time the idea I came up with was for a sock pattern with wrapped rib columns running up the edge of the foot and up the centre of the leg. But I like to alternate the items that I release and with a sock pattern planned for August and the end of September I needed something that wasn’t a sock to fill the gap. 

For me, September is the perfect time to start thinking about fingerless mitts. Of course, right now we’re having a bonus summer and it’s hotter now than when I knit my mitts – but when the cold weather comes mitts are the first accessory I reach for! So I took my sock design and give it a bit of a twist – instead of having the pattern up the side of the sock, it would go up the outside of the hand and I got my Aisneach Mitts.

While I was knitting them, I was taking photos for my patrons and I put the right hand mitt on to the left hand. I took loads of photos and it wasn’t until I saw them on the computer that I realised I’d made a mistake. Lucky for me, the mitts look great on both hands!

When you wear them the way they’re written, you get a beautiful subtle pattern wrapping around the outside of the hand, just like I intended. When you swap them over, you get a bold statement piece with the rib pattern covering half of the back of the hand. I love that you can get two different looks from a single pair of mitts! My husband suggests knitting two lefts or two rights and mixing them up for a  different look on each hand, but I think that might be going a little too far!

I’m still planning on knitting the socks that were behind the inspiration for Aisneach but they won’t be coming out until sometime in 2022. I’m also planning a matching hat and cowl pattern for the end of the year, so keep an eye out for the whole set!

You can get 25% off Aisneach Mitts with the code RibSale until midnight (UTC) on the 7th September 2021. The pattern is also on LoveCrafts and Etsy!

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